Look out for this programme on BBC4 next Thursday.
It includes George Monbiot and an item about re-wilding Britain.
George Monbiot earned my lasting admiration when he addressed a group of angry Cumbrian farmers in Penrith last year-he was arguing for the re-wilding of the countryside.
That went down like a lead-weighted balloon and the atmosphere in the room was described as 'hostile'
On the plus side, on my many rambles around the nooks and crannies of Cumbria, I have witnessed a small reversal of fortunes.
Large areas of sheep grazing land have been fenced off in some of the more obscure vallies.Thousands of native trees have been planted therein.
The National Trust have created a large wetland site in place of previously poor grazing land.
The Cumbria Wildlife Trust have established a huge raised bog area at Foulshaw Moss and purchased Eycott Hill with a view to attracting wildlife back to the area.
United Utilities plan to fence off large tracts of land above Thirlmere to exclude sheep and encourage birds,insects and other wildlife.If you have time write to them supporting this plan as there is some opposition.Opponents complain a low lying fence will be an eyesore-a small price to pay if it helps restore nature.Seeing endless green fields devoid of bracken,gorse,shrubs,birds and butterflies,but full of sheep, is an eyesore in my humble opinion!
So it is not all doom and gloom!